Just a quick post to let you know that the 9 strain Gardasil HPV vaccine is now in stock at Collins Street Medical Centre.
The Gardasil vaccine protects against the Human Papilloma Virus that is associated with anal cancers in men who have sex with men.
Gay men are at higher risk of developing these cancers: forty times the risk if you are HIV negative and one hundred time risk of you are living with HIV.
I highly recommend all gay men consider getting the Gardasil vaccination.
If you would like to know more, please book in to see me: Dr George Forgan-Smith at Collins Street Medical.
Ph: 03 9654 6088“Video
Now, currently, the Victorian government will pay for the vaccine for anybody under the age of 27. And that’s for the four strain. The nine strain, which covers nine different strains of HPV is not covered under the government. So there is a cost associated with that. However, the data would indicate that it’s … You’re gonna need two shots. And that will give about 40 years of protection. And those two shots are given six months apart. So we do have the HPV nine in stock at the moment. However, if you’re under the age of 27, come on in and get the HPV four which you can get for free. It is really, really recommended. I recommend to all of my men who have sex with men, gay patients, that they do consider the HPV vaccine to help prevent against future anal cancers. If you would like to talk to me about that, please, come in, let’s have a chat and we can talk about the best options for you. I hope that was helpful.